I'm not sure how I missed this card in the discussion of the great photography in the 2012 Topps set. OK, Reed Johnson, Desmond Jennings and Tom Gorzelanny it's not, but it's still pretty good. Feature a little more of Hank Conger -- who seems to like appearing on other people's cards -- and it's better than pretty good.
I received this Miguel Olivo night card from Spiegel of Nomo's Sushi Platter.
Spiegel, who is enjoying the Dodgers' current run as much as I am (Matt Kemp: more powerful than any Yankee), always knows what to send me.
He usually focuses on three specific categories:
1. Night cards (stupid trademark symbol)
2. 1977 Topps (at one point Steve Kemp was considered a better player than Tony Armas)
3. Assorted Dodgers (the package was suspiciously missing Kemp and Kershaw. Hmmmm)
Lately, though, Spiegel has been getting involved in TTM autograph tries and picking up a few extra for me!! Isn't that terrific?
I love that it's not the same-old autograph subjects, too. Everyone needs a Don Aase autograph!
This card is actually going to put me to work. I used to keep all of my autographed cards in top loaders and then organize them alphabetically in a fancy box for safe keeping and easy access. But I ran out of room in the box, so now all of my autographed cards are in a binder.
I bought a nice bright blue binder (for Dodger blue, of course) and all the cards are displayed alphabetically. Unfortunately, when someone with a name that is at the very top of the alphabet comes along -- like Mr. Aase here -- then I've got to rearrange everything.
Some of you may quiver in horror at the thought of actually TOUCHING autograph cards and slipping them in and out of pages like some common common. But it doesn't bother me a bit.
Besides, look how great they look displayed in a page:
Great, great stuff.
OK, let's move on to some more inferior Dodgers.
None of these guys amounted to much with the Dodgers. But I love seeing the old Albuquerque Dukes uniform.
Spiegel is an excellent researcher of want lists. Of the many '96 Fleer Dodgers that I have, these two weren't any of them.
I need to get to work on figuring out which Opening Day Dodgers I still need. Dee Gordon had quite a game last night.
NOMO!!!!! I literally feel excitement when I see a Nomo card that I do not have. Little butterflies and heart skipping a beat and ... good gosh, I'm pathetic.
Nice card, though.
Moving on to the 1977 Topps portion of the show. Both of these guys had kids who played in the major leagues. That's got to be some kind of life -- to play in the majors and then have your son play in the majors. That's living right.
More 1977 greatness. I confess I still haven't gotten around to posting my 1977 Topps want list. I've threatened to do it half a dozen times and still it's not there. I've got a vacation coming up in a couple of weeks. If I don't get it done then, I'll post nothing but manager cards for two weeks straight.
So look for that.
Finally, a MINNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to this card and another package that you'll see at some point soon, I'm down to 39 cards in my bid to complete the entire Lineage mini set.
I sense another vacation card project on the horizon!
Great job by Spiegel of tailoring the package to my wants. It's actually not too hard to do. I have so many.
Night Card Binder candidate: Miguel Olivo, 2012 Topps, #118
Does it make the binder?: Unfortunately, no. It has to contend with the Mike Norris '81 Donruss card. It can't win that battle.